TRAVIS MacGREGOR, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: October 15, 1997
Drafted: 2nd Round, 68th Overall, 2016
How Acquired: Draft
High School: East Lake HS, Tarpon Springs, FL
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|MacGregor moved up in scouts’ estimation as the 2015 season went along, as his fastball got into the low-90s, touching 94. At the time he also threw a change and curve. By 2018 he’d started throwing a slider and his velocity was up to the mid-90s. More recently he’s added a cutter. At the time of the draft, Baseball America had him rated only 186th among draft prospects and MLB.com didn’t have him in their top 200. He had a commitment to Clemson, but signed for $48,900 below the slot amount.
MacGregor had a solid debut, making nine starts and showing good control. Eight of the twelve runs he allowed came in two starts.
MacGregor had a rough time at Bristol. Opponents teed off on him for a 339/413/444 line. The damage came mainly toward the end of the season; his monthly opponents’ OPS was:
He also had some control issues, but they were mainly in August as well. In July he walked eight in 23.1 IP. In August he walked the same number in nine innings.
Despite his 2017 struggles, the Pirates moved MacGregor up to West Virginia. He was a very different pitcher, possibly due to the addition of a slider, and his velocity increased to the mid-90s. His K rate increased by 50% and opponents batted only .237 against him. The improvement was probably due more to the improved fastball than the slider, which still needs work. MacGregor had a reverse platoon split, with left-handed hitters posting a .639 OPS and right-handed hitters .724. He had some injury issues. He missed over a month starting in mid-May due to a deltoid muscle injury, then missed the last couple months of the season with forearm soreness. That, unfortunately, led to Tommy John surgery.
MacGregor missed the entire season.
MacGregor would have been healthy for 2020, but there wasn’t a season.
MacGregor pitched in the Altoona rotation all season. On the plus side, he stayed healthy. He started off well, with a 2.63 ERA in four May starts. He had a little more trouble in June, then had ERAs of 8.57 and 11.88 in July and August. He rebounded to pitch well in September. Both walks and home runs were problems during the bad stretch.
The Pirates stuck with MacGregor through a lot of bad starts, so they probably think he still has potential. Some of the struggles may have resulted from the long layoff, as well as the fact that he’d never pitched above Low A, and only half a season even there. He’ll open 2022 back in Altoona.
|2022: Minor league contract
|Signing Bonus: $900,000
MiLB Debut: 2016
MiLB FA Eligible: 2022
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2020
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 9, 2016: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2nd round, 68th overall pick; signed on June 16.|